Palestinian Journalists: How is it to work under occupation? | TV shows
Thursday, August 18 at 7:30 p.m. GMT:
This week marks 100 days since Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh was killed by Israeli forces while covering a raid in the occupied West Bank. Despite growing calls for an international investigation, no one has been held responsible for his murder.
Abu Akleh is neither the first nor the last journalist to be killed by Israeli forces. Just two weeks after her death, Palestinian radio producer Ghofran Warasna was shot in the heart by a soldier as she was returning home from work. At least 46 more journalists have been killed since 2000, most of them Palestinians, according to the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ). The deaths are “a clear attempt by Israel to silence media reports on the ground” and “no one has been held responsible”, the IFJ said.
Journalists in the occupied territories also regularly face harassment, humiliation and imprisonment for their efforts, according to the Palestinian Center for Media Freedom and Development (MADA). Despite the danger, Palestinian journalists carry on Abu Akleh’s legacy by continuing to report on Israel’s actions. This month alone, Israeli raids have killed at least 49 Palestinians, including 17 children, according to Gaza’s health ministry.
For Palestinian producer Haya Abushkahidem, reporting the news is a form of testimony. She recently wrote: “Despite all the Israeli regime does to silence Palestinian voices, journalism is more of a duty to deliver our stories to the world than just a job. Palestinian journalists who pay the price for their work are still fighting for their right to report freely and continue to work in the field.
In this episode of The Stream, we will discuss the ongoing efforts to seek justice for Abu Akleh and what it is like to be a Palestinian journalist in the occupied territories. Join the conversation.
On this episode of The Stream, we are joined by:
Lina Abu Akleh, @LinaAbuAkleh
Niece of Shireen Abu Akleh
Haya Abushkhaidem, @habushkhaidem
Jalal Abukhater, @JalalAK_jojo
Mariam Barghouti, @MariamBarghouti
Senior Correspondent for Palestine, Mondoweiss